Class 4A Indiana Volleyball All-Star and Kokomo High School senior Adria Hartley has committed her volleyball talents to Division I Eastern Kentucky University.
The 5-foot, 10-inch volleyball player made a name for herself with her All-Star selection this year. Her 1,206 career kills also created some attention. She also amassed 234 aces, 105 solo blocks, and 227 total blocks.
Prior to becoming a Wildkat, Hartley spent her first three varsity volleyball seasons at North Miami High School.
With one season as Hartley’s coach, Kokomo’s Jason Watson said he was happy to hear Hartley would be going Division I.
“Adria is a complete player, a good teammate, and an outstanding competitor. So Eastern Kentucky got a real winner. Adi's love of the game is infectious, and her ability to make winning plays will serve her well at the next level,” said Watson. “She is an even better person than player, and we are all very proud of her.”
With her recruiting process starting when she was a sophomore, Hartley said it was not until her senior year when she entertained visiting schools. Though it was only her second school to visit, Hartley said she knew she would become a Colonel.
She said she was greatly impressed with first-year coach Johanna Fouch.
“I was really impressed with how caring of a person she is. They have an open door policy, so you can always talk to her or one of our assistant coaches, which to me says a lot about who they are,” said Hartley. “As far as the program goes, they didn’t have a very good year last year, and she really wants to turn that around. She’s been trying to recruit dynamic athletes from my class and the class below me. So I’m excited to see where the program goes.”
While at school, Hartley decided she will focus on her general studies to begin with and choose her major as a sophomore next year.
“They have a program available at school that will assess your personality, and they will help you figure out what you want to do. So I won’t have to decide until my sophomore year,” said Hartley. “Since this is something that I’m going to major in, I want it to make sense and not rush into anything that will basically decide what I’m doing for the rest of my life.”
Looking back on her one year with the Wildkats, Hartley said she was somewhat sad she had not made the move to Kokomo sooner, but she was happy with how the season went.
“One thing that really stood out to me from this season was during our Chesterton tournament. We took a two-hour bus ride up north and stayed in a hotel overnight. We went shopping, and then we went to the tournament the next day. We went 3-1 on the day. That was really fun,” said Hartley.
With her decision made and the recruiting process over, Hartley said she was thankful for her coaches' and family’s input.
“I definitely want to thank my high school coach Jason Watson, my coach at EKU Johnna Fouch, her assistant Jeff Patton, and of course my mom for helping me with guidance in the process, and my club coach Michelle Coleman. They were all huge in this process,” said Hartley.